Meet the trustees

Kerry Clamp, chair – council trustee

Kerry became the Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2018. She is an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham. She holds degrees from the Universities of South Africa, Sheffield, and Leeds. She has written widely on the conceptualization and application of restorative justice within post-conflict/transitional settings as well as police use of restorative justice and practice. She was previously the Chair of the Editorial Committee and Editor of the Newsletter for the European Forum for Restorative Justice (2011-2018). Her new monograph series with Routledge Contemporary Issues in Restorative Practices creates a platform for practitioners to share skills and techniques at the forefront of the field. Kerry brings an international perspective to the board in terms of restorative justice theory, practice, and networks.

Michael Barton, council trustee

Chief Constable Michael Barton has served as a police officer for 39 years. He was introduced to restorative justice in the 1990s and is an advocate for the role it can play in giving ownership of conflict back to the protagonists. He has proudly introduced and cemented restorative justice into how Lancashire and Durham Constabularies do their business in terms of reducing re-offending, increasing victim satisfaction, and most importantly encouraging police and judiciary to see that traditional punishment paradigms are not the answer.

Becky Beard, membership trustee

Becky joined the RJC as a membership trustee in July 2018. She has been a restorative practitioner for ten years, working on cases from low level antisocial behaviour and criminal damage to cases involving death or harmful sexual behaviour. Becky ran Restorative Gloucestershire, a multi-agency partnership that provides the restorative justice service for Gloucestershire, for six years and is the vice-chair of the RJC Standards Committee.  Becky is now a criminal justice policy officer for the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner. This involves managing the Local Criminal Justice Board and supporting a number of work streams and priorities. This includes reducing re-offending, supporting victims & witnesses and various commissioning projects.    

Janet Clark, membership trustee

Janet became a membership trustee in July 2018. Involved in restorative practice since 2001, Janet is an experienced trainer, consultant, practitioner, assessor and published author in restorative practice. Janet is an Accredited Practitioner with the RJC and an A1 Assessor for restorative practice.  Janet managed the award-winning Restorative Approaches in Schools (RAiS) project in Bristol and has supported a number of schools, education and youth settings, and other agencies in implementing restorative approaches. Janet delivers training, consultancy and facilitation in a wide variety of settings, including youth offending services, the police, probation, educational settings and community mediation. As a volunteer practitioner, Janet brings an extensive background of hands on experience to the Board.

Hardyal Dhindsa, council trustee

Hardyal was elected as Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) in May 2016. He is currently the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) national portfolio lead for alcohol and substance misuse, as well as the national lead for equality, diversity and human rights, especially focussing on hate crime, stop and search, Workforce Diversity and Policing Diverse Communities.  Hardyal is also a member of the APCC Working Group on Race Disparity.  Prior to being elected, Hardyal served as deputy PCC in the first term from 2013-16. He has over 30 years’ experience in the criminal justice sector; most recently working in a strategic management role for the probation service. He has been a Derby City Councillor since 1993, currently representing the inner city ward of Normanton, and has held Cabinet posts in social care and health, education, planning and leisure. He is a strong advocate for an accredited restorative justice service to be available for all victims of crime.

Tim Read, membership trustee

Tim became a membership trustee in November 2018 and is deputy chair of trustees.  He is a qualified restorative practitioner specialising in community safety for five years and has worked for Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) since 2003.  Tim helped develop Brighton & Hove as a ‘restorative city’ which included BHCC becoming an accredited training provider, three service accreditations and setting up a restorative champions network in the city.  Tim has considerable front-line experience in a range of restorative interventions in cases ranging from hate crime and sexual violence.  Tim is an active member of the Sussex RJ Partnership and has helped develop local procedures for domestic and sexual violence cases. 

Rebecca Rushton, membership trustee

Rebecca was re-elected as membership trustee in November 2020. A qualified and accredited restorative practitioner with 13 years’ experience working across a range of criminal justice, community and social care settings. Rebecca is currently the Restorative Practice lead in the Learning Academy for Torbay Council with a remit of embedding restorative practice across children’s social care. Rebecca brings a wealth of front line practitioner and trainer experience to the board, and continues to volunteer for Make Amends the PCC commissioned Restorative Justice Service for Devon and Cornwall. Rebecca has a particular interest in facilitating complex and sensitive cases.

Philip Cawley, membership trustee

Phil was elected as a membership trustee in November 2020. After teaching in Chester for 2 years, Phil joined the Lancashire Constabulary in January 1982 and he served with them until his retirement in October 2011. He rejoined as a member of police staff in the role of restorative justice co-ordinator. Phil was instrumental in the expansion of the Lancashire police RJ team which also runs victim awareness courses in Lancashire prisons and he later became the manager of a number of co-ordinators and volunteers. Phil is the lead RJ trainer and since November 2017, his role is to promote RJ across Lancashire Police and with other agencies and partners.

Sarah Cairns, membership trustee

Sarah became a Membership Trustee in November 2020.  A qualified and accredited practitioner she has facilitated interventions across a range of criminal justice, community and education settings over the last 11 years.  Specialising in complex and sensitive casework involving harmful sexual behaviour, homicide and arson Sarah brings a wealth of practitioner experience to the Board.  Sarah continues to volunteer for Restorative Gloucestershire, a multi-agency partnership, and is also an experienced trainer and mentor with a particular interest in supporting multi-agency professionals to work restoratively with vulnerable children and families to improve outcomes.